Diagnostic Imaging Vol 31 No 7

Journal article reveals much on CMS CT colonography decision

July 01, 2009

An article in the May 27 New England Journal of Medicine provides some interesting, and perhaps unintended, insights into the new world that is emerging as government takes a more active role in decisions about the relative value of medical procedures.

Market conditions test economics of diagnostic imaging services

July 01, 2009

Just as diagnostic imaging providers were figuring out strategies to weather the reimbursement cuts mandated by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the ground shifted once more with a severe economic downturn.

Ten innovative strategies could improve your practice

July 01, 2009

In the quest for better use of patient histories, a team from the University of California, San Diego has devised a unique system that gives them access to the hospital information system on their PACS.

Coding and billing applications cut down on staffing, expenses

July 01, 2009

Before she began using coding and billing computer applications developed specifically for radiology, Yvonne Moncovich, director of operations at Straightline Medical in Wilmington, NC, employed more people, struggled with an import/export function, and manually input data. Usually more than once.

Report anticipates end to equipment purchase freezes

July 01, 2009

Most U.S. hospital radiology administrators expect restrictions against capital acquisitions to ease and plan to buy the diagnostic imaging equipment they most sorely need later this year, according to the latest report by healthcare market research firm IMV.

Whole-body CT reduces trauma-related deaths

July 01, 2009

Seriously injured patients have a better chance of surviving multiple trauma when they are evaluated in the emergency room with whole-body CT, according to a study of more than 4500 cases from Germany.

Findings blow whistle on suspected gender selection

July 01, 2009

An abnormally low female birth rate among the Asian population in California's Santa Clara County may be closely related to the fetal keepsake ultrasound industry's growth in a region covering San Jose and the homes of nearly two million residents.

Colonography denial leads to new tactics

July 01, 2009

Angry backers of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening are regrouping after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services repulsed their efforts to secure Medicare coverage for the procedure.

Cryoablation bests surgery for treating prostate cancer

July 01, 2009

More than a decade's worth of data suggest cryoablation can treat localized malignancies within the prostate more safely and effectively than do standard treatment approaches generally applied to the whole gland.

Isolated cortical venous thrombosis

July 01, 2009

A 38-year-old Chinese man presented after five days of sharp, continuous new-onset occipital headaches. Symptoms were only partially relieved by analgesics. No fever, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, or phonophobia was observed, but two short episodes of jerking of the left upper extremity without generalization or change in consciousness were recorded.